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Friday, 29 June 2012

BMA vote of no confidence in Andrew Lansley

This vote is a crushing personal defeat for a Health Secretary who promised to listen to doctors, and centred his whole policy on them.

David Cameron and Andrew Lansley inherited a stable NHS and in just two years they have reduced it to a demoralised service, fearful of the future – ‘a super tanker heading for an iceberg’ in the words of Mike Farrar, head of the NHS Confederation.

The NHS is at a critical moment. It needs leadership, stability and confidence - but the David Cameron and his Health Secretary are offering none of these things to a beleaguered NHS.

The NHS is only as good as the people who work in it. The Prime Minister urgently needs to change direction - he should also ask himself whether it is wise to leave in position, at this critical moment, someone who has so obviously lost the confidence of the professions.